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Mintel insights: Navigating the future of omega-3 fatty acids

By Olivia Haslam

“We need to find alternative sources of omega-3… we need to change our approach across the globe” Rick Miller associate director for specialised nutrition at Mintel told an audience at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) last month.

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ImperialOel on innovating within a shifting omega-3 market

By Olivia Brown

The natural lipid ingredient and supplement supplier ImperialOel l says the omega-3 market is in a transition phase due to high prices and severe fish oil shortages, creating a strong demand for sustainable alternatives to meet the health needs of the...

The AI presents a more efficient way to detect the presence of microplastics in food. Image: Alistair Berg/Getty Images

Finding microplastics with AI: A boon for the food industry?

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic debris which are often found in food. When consumed, they can lead to negative health effects. A recent study has developed a way to use artificial intelligence to help find microplastics more efficiently, which...

Researchers in Denmark and New Zealand have teamed up to determine whether consumers actually do prefer the taste of organic greens grown in an open field over those vertically farmed. GettyImages/LouisHiemstra

Do vertically farmed vegetables taste good?

By Flora Southey

Vegetables grown indoors, without any soil, may not sound as appealing to consumers as their sun-blushed counterparts cultivated in open fields. But according to fresh research, they taste just as good.

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Time for a smarter approach to adaptogens

By Nikki Hancocks

Nektium scientists are working to better educate on the benefits of adaptogenic ingredients and improve classification, with a focus on two of the "hero" ingredients of this realm: Rhodiola rosea (RR) and Withania somnifera (WS).

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Cognitive Health Special

Omega-3 may be an “effective add-on therapeutic” for depression: study

By Olivia Brown

A new umbrella review of meta-analyses investigating the effect of long-chain omega-3 supplementation on depressive symptoms concludes the majority of studies observe a significant effect, particularly in those with major depressive disorder (MDD).

The cotton bollworm is attracted in its larval stage to leaves, fruits and flower buds, while when it reaches adulthood it is attracted to sugar-rich nectar. Image Source: 	moxumbic/Getty Images

Crop pest's tastes in sugar change as they age, study suggests

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

The cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera), a kind of moth, develops new tastes as it ages, according to a new study. As a pest who poses a danger to crops worldwide, such findings could prove useful to farmers across the globe.

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Scottish scientists to develop new carbon negative food source

By Oliver Morrison

A pioneering project led by University of Stirling scientists aims to develop a new carbon negative food source. If the trial is successful, it could be replicated worldwide, creating thousands of jobs and a food source that can contribute to tackling...

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Hypoglycaemia doubles as a result of food insecurity, research shows

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

Food insecurity is a major issue for everyone, but for diabetics, there is the added risk that it could lead to hypoglycaemia. According to new research, hypoglycaemia is twice as common among those who find it difficult to afford food as those who don’t....

Plant-based meat shows promise for reducing cardiovascular risk factor

Plant-based meat shows promise for reducing cardiovascular risk factor

By Deniz Ataman

Consuming plant-based meat, rather than its conventional counterpart from animals, is correlated with a “significant drop” in an emerging cardiovascular risk factor in a small study funded by an unrestricted gift from Beyond Meat and presented last week...

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Chr. Hansen review outlines HMO health benefits

By Nikki Hancocks

In a new systematic review, Chr. Hansen scientists have compiled data from 26 clinical studies on HMOs, concluding there is a wealth of evidence that these are well-tolerated modulators of the gut microbiome providing health benefits.

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GUEST ARTICLE

How to revive flagging demand for plant-based meat

By Katy Askew, managing director, IFIS Publishing

The food industry has responded to bullish predictions of a boom in plant-based meat alternatives with a gold rush mentality. But as sales slow and interest dips, can advances in food science come to the rescue of a category that is struggling to live...

GHG emissions could be effectively reduced to net negative by agritech, the study suggests. Image Source: Gary Yeowell/Getty Images

Agritech vital for net negative emissions in food industry, study shows

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

While shifting our diets away from meat and dairy is often the recommended way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the food industry, a recent study has shown that this, on its own, is not sufficient. Instead, optimising agritech could be the way forward....

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